Range Report: Walther CCP

By Wilburn Roberts published on in Firearms, Range Reports

Walther’s CCP has generated a lot of attention. Light, attractive, and with the Walther name, the pistol was designed to compete with the Glock 43 9mm and similar size handguns for personal defense. The Walther CCP is 6.4 inches long and only 1.18-inch wide. The pistol is a slim line 9mm with an 8-round magazine. The barrel is 3.5 inches long.

Walther CCP pistol right profile

The new Walther is a handsome pistol.

While Walther fans will like the pistol, those who miss the SIG P225—a legendary and out of production pistol—will also like the new Walther. The CCP 9mm pistol is well fitted and finished. The slide has a slight taper and the polymer frame is molded for excellent hand fit. The frame features a rail for mounting a combat light. The Insight combat light was a good fit; we also used an inexpensive NC3 and the superlative Viridian light during the evaluation.

The CCP features three dot outline sights. The pistol features a manual safety on the left hand side of the frame. Some folks prefer a manual safety, and the CCP safety may be used, or not, as you prefer. The CCP’s trigger action is good. The trigger action breaks clean at a smooth five pounds. The reset is also fast. This leads to excellent control in combat firing.

The Walther CCP 9mm pistol is a blowback action. The Walther borrows heavily from the Heckler and Koch P7M8 for its SoftCoil design. There is a vent in the barrel that shoots gas into a cylinder beneath the barrel. This piston acts to slow the slide’s action. This makes for lighter recoil.

SoftCoil system on the Walther CCP pistol

The SoftCoil is a retarded blowback design. The gas cylinder keeps the slide locked in place until pressure abates and the bullet exits the barrel.

The pistol was easy enough to shoot. Follow-up shots were rapid, and the pistol was comfortable to fire. Just as important to some shooters, the pistol is easy to load. The slide was among the easiest to rack that I have used. Coupled with the pistol’s forward cocking serrations, this is a handgun that no one should have any problem making ready.

The magazine release and slide lock were ergonomic and easily manipulated. The pistol was fired with a wide range of ammunition. The standouts for accuracy were the Fiocchi 124-grain EXTREMA hollow point, Hornady 124-grain XTP, and Winchester 115-grain Silvertip. The gas-operated action did not like 90-grain bullets. The 147-grain loads do not generate the necessary momentum for reliable function. This preference is in common with the Heckler and Koch P7M8 9mm handgun. Stick with the 115- to 124-grain loads, and you will have a reliable and accurate handgun.

At 15 yards, groups of 2 inches for five shots were the average when firing from a solid bench rest firing position. The pistol is light, reliable with the loads specified for its operation, and accurate enough. Walther quality and design is a plus, and the Soft Coil design allows easy shooting.

The pistol was fired extensively with 115- and 124-grain loads, with some loads exhibiting true gilt-edged accuracy. Felt recoil was generally light, even for a 9mm handgun. Overall, the Walther CCP offers Walther quality and while Walther fans will like the piece those on the fence in deciding which 9mm they will purchase may consider this handgun.

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  • Trapdoor

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    My Bride bought this pistol due to ease of racking slide and fit to the hand; have to admit, the ‘feel’ of this piece is excellent. Pistol shot very nicely, but the trigger pull is the WORSE of any striker fired pistol i have handled. After 1,000+ rounds that DID smooth up a bit, but still very long, gritty, with a soft release, but good reset. Read the instructions though – pistol will NOT function with anything but fully jacketed or well-plated bullets – exposed lead will ‘shave’ and plug the gas port in the barrel, leading to FTF, Stovepipes and other challenges. I shake my head over the extremely complexi take-down procedure and the need for the ‘tool’ (which can be overcome with dexterity and practice, but …. WHY?). Once the trigger smoothed, it was a pleasure to shoot, UNTIL the slide decided to go down range on its’ own one evening during a low-light scenario af the Range. Slide and spring recovered about 15 feet in front of the firing line, but the internals of the locking mechanism and the block itself were never found; no injury thankfully. Inspection of the slide revealed the firing pin was locked in the forward position and the firing pin spring ‘jammed’ in the pin channel. Returned immediately to Walther – they replaced the firing pin, spring, rear locking mechanism and slide plug and returned in a timely manner with no comment / feedbacki. Have to hand it to my wife, she DID pick it right up and took it back to the range and fired a hundred rounds through it – no issues. Personally, i feel the mechanism is too complex, too fragile, and i can’t get the vision of the barrel propelling downrange out of my mind. Maybe OK for range time, but no way would i want to depend upon this piece. The FIT is EXCELLENT, the recoil dampening very nice, but for the value i think there are better, more reliable choices out there. Read the Forum – there have been a few issues with this particular model.

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  • Chris

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    Bought the CCP for my wife who loved the fit and feel. Absolutely the WORSE trigger pull i’ve ever felt in a striker fired weapon; long, gritty, soft release, but quick reset. Dissassembly overly complicated with the type of action lock designed and built into the weapon; yes, use of the special ‘tool’ can be overcome and other ways of working the action developed, but i keep asking, “why?” Read the forums and also learned the hard way that anything other than jacketed or well-plated bullets will NOT work in the CCP – shaved-lead plugs the gas port in the barrel and causes FTF etc.. Once the trigger smoothed up (1000+ rounds) the piece IS a delight to shoot – grip fits amazingly well and slide is very easy to rack, both much appreciated by my Bride. However, one evening while doing low-light scenarios, she suffered to ‘action breakdown’ even with the slide flying off the pistol and proceeding about 20 feet down range; slide and spring were found, but the funky action ‘lock’ and slide retention piece (gizmo requiring the ‘special tool’) was nowhere to be found. Looking underneath the slide, the firing pin spring was ‘jammed’ locking the pin itself in the forward position, Immediately sent to Walther – they replaced the missing parts, promptly returned it, and the Bride put it back to use with no issues (proud of her for picking it back up and shooting it). Still one of the nicest shooting pieces in her Battery, but i still shake my head over the complicated take-down mechanism and the much advertised “slide flying down range” event – both have MUCH reduced my trust and favor of the piece, but the Wife likes the way it feels. I think there are better options out there.

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  • Everett Brunt

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    My wife’s CCP has been back to UMAREX 2 times and still does not function properly for her. It continues to LOCK up from the piston and cylinder coking up, no matter what ammo we use. The repair people have even test fired it with Winch ammo and it performed just fine for them. My wife got it back and she got 4 mags through it then it started locking again, we used the exact same ammo as they did.The weapon is great when she can get it to operate but it IS NOT dependable so it’s in the bottom of the safe now. She now has a new GEN 4 Glock 19 that operates every time she pulls the trigger.

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    • John

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      Tell her to insist. I had the same experience. After two returns, the thing still gave me something like a 25% failure rate at the range, all kinds of things like FTF, FTE, stovepipes, failure to cock the striker, etc. I wrote & suggested they give me a new gun, and they answered immediately asking that I return it a 3rd time, which I did. Three days later they sent me a video from their range where they opened my package, loaded 4 mags and quickly fired them, no problems. So I answered saying (truthfully) that I had fired 5 mags without a hitch at the range, but with the 6th, the problems started again. The very next day they decided to simply replace my defective gun with a new one that I now have. (I haven’t had time to take it to the range yet, but the trigger seems extremely smooth compared to the original and the serial number is about 2k above the 1st gun.

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    • Everett Brunt

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      Thank You John good info. Did they send you another CCP or something else?

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    • John

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      It was another CCP. As I indicated, it has a high serial number and at least SEEMS tighter & the trigger is noticeably less gritty. In fact, it would be unfair to say there is any grittiness at all with this new CCP right out of the box. Good luck.

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  • John

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    One correction, and this from Walther themselves: neither this nor any other pistol bearing the Walther name is manufactured by Umarex. Umarex bought Walther and is its parent company now, but ALL firearms are made by Walther.

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  • John

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    Not sure if I mentioned this but the new gun Walther issued me has a very smooth trigger out of the box, much more so than the first CCP I had; no grit in the trigger at all. Also, the slide action is smoother.

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  • Primo

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    i think the CCP is a waste of money. For that you might was well buy the Walther PPS (preferably the Mod 2). Its a lil smaller but the ergo grip swells at the handle for a better feel grip. I can feel strip it in 4 secs with 5 fingers and no tool. Accurate as can be. Perfect EDC width and has the same mag capacity as the CCP.

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  • Chris

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    So this pistol uses the walther name, but isn’t a true walther pistol. I’ve read in multiple places that it’s built by Umarex, which is a company that builds airsoft guns, and just happens to own walther at this time.
    That being said the one I purchased gave me a lot of grief right out of the box. I fired about 50 rounds at first, and only had one issue. Then I took it to a class where around 200 shots were fired it malfunctioned almost every magazine. Took it home and put it through the ultrasonic cleaner and the 50 shots fired since then not a single issue. My guess is I just had something in it that needed cleaned out. Not unusual for a new pistol to jam as it wears in, so I’ll just have to see how it goes.

    If you have issues with your hands and need a pistol with a slide that is really easy to manipulate, then this is the one for you. The advantage of this particular delayed blowback system is it doesn’t reply entirely upon the spring to keep it together, so it can use a softer spring, which means easier to rack the slide.

    Looking inside the magwell does look like there’s a lot of empty space, but it’s one of the most comfortable grips I’ve held (which isn’t saying much as my normal carry is a glock)

    I did have to file down the front of the trigger guard just a little to mount the laser I put on it, as it does come out to a point at the bottom for a solid finger purchase if you wrap your hands like that, but the laser in question is equally at fault for being the shape it is.

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  • Jocelyn

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    I love mine, if you can follow directions then disassembly is not that difficult. I fired mine last weekend for the first time and shot thru a half box of cheap round nose ammo, then a full clip of Hydrashock hollow points, followed by a clip of mixed ammo. No issues, failures, and decent grouping. Overall quite pleased with it, and ergonomically it has a great feel. My one complaint is mine has a little creak to the trigger pull and I plan to have a gunsmith polish it out. In my opinion it probably has a burr on one of the firing components.

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